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Pradeep Singh

New Delhi: Was there a need to hype the 7th Pay Commission to such an extent when the government had already decided to bring around some revisions, hurting lakhs of Central government employess and their finances? Better not to show dreams when you are determined to cheat, says a Bhubaneswar-based retired employee of the Indian Railways.

Since the day the Narendra Modi-led BJP government announced the 7th Pay Commission, it has become a cause of concern instead of an euphoria for the Central government employees. One doesn’t even need to brood upon the reasons as the answer is seemingly there- more than 70 lakh employees feel being cheated and deceived by the government.

Resentment and disappointed can be witnessed from their words and comments, exposing the level of impact the arrears of the 7th Pay Commission has on their fiscal position.

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With an average hike of 14.27 per cent in basic pay, the central government employees are all set to get the revised pay from their August salaries along with the arrears for the past seven months. However, they feel its impact much lesser when compared to the impact of the 6th Pay Commission on their finances; rather they believe the revisions under the 7th Pay have no effect on their financial position.

Under the 6th Pay Commission, the employees had got 40 per cent hike and somehow this is the reason that they are feeling that the present revision has failed to make any impact on arrears.

“We are not given any arrears on allowance which have been implemented from July 2017 by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Benefits under the 7th Pay Commission is a myth,” said a Central Income Tax official.

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Another employee of the department said, "Expectations were there that the government would understand about its employees. It didn’t increase the basic pay, but arrears effective from July 1, 2017… The government Suc**!"

Disappointment among the government employees can also be seen from some of the comments below:

Mere bure din wapas karo. Aachey din nahi chayee. The Central government employees in LDC and UDC are most sufferers in the 7th CPC. People will teach lesson in 2019,” said Md Salim Ansari who worked at Geological Survey of India, Kolkata.

“The most worthless government the country has ever witnessed, ” said one Souvik Das.

Parthasarathy MP, a retired Accounts Officer at Indian Institute of Astrophysics (Govt. of India), Bangalore, said, “The government has cheated employees and pensioners with 7th CPC. There is a hidden agenda by the govt to deny true benefits to employees and ploy to fix ‘Autonomous bodies”.

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“Though our PM and our present govt is so powerful it will be not so surprised if they even stop giving salary to government employees. At least after that they can say proudly, India is developing,” said a disappointed Bangalore-based financial expert.

However, the government has already made its intentions clear that it is not going to reconsider on any of the revisions made under the 7th Pay Commission. 

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